Laurel, MD Chapter – Catholic Schoolhouse

Meet the Directors

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Laura Sullivan

 

   A “Double Domer,” I received my BA in 2005 and my JD in 2009 from Notre Dame before getting married and pregnant in the same breath and      deciding to stay home full-time.  Over the past four years, I’ve had two more children, volunteered as a catechist for my  parish religious education program, moved to Laurel, served as a co-leader for our Mother’s group, and became involved bringing my children to visit  the elderly residents at the Little Sisters of the Poor home.  

As my oldest is only entering “preschool,” I’m actually completely new to homeschooling, but I’ve been looking forward to it since I started having kids.  I’ve always known that I would want to be a part of some sort of academic cooperative, more than just an extracurricular support group, to help bring structure and routine to our weeks as well as provide a community for myself and my children.  We have such a wonderful Catholic, homeschooling community in Laurel that forming such program seemed like it would be relatively easy, and it has been–thanks to my partner in crime and the excitement and enthusiasm of everyone who has signed on to be part of our first year!  I’m hopeful that Catholic Schoolhouse will be a rewarding experience for our kids and a blessing in all of our families’ lives for years to come!

 

 

Janet Yaceczko

I received my BA in English Literature from the University of Dallas in 2005 and married a month later. My husband and I have lived in Maryland since 2006, Laurel since 2010 and have 4 children. I began homeschooling when my oldest was four, after having taught Latin and Public Speaking at a girls’ high school for three years. I then spent two years at St. Philomena’s Catholic Cooperative in Ellicott City, teaching Latin and helping out in the nursery before feeling called to give my oldest more one-on-one attention at home. He now attends the Heights where his father teaches, and it’s time to start Kindergarten for #2! I was so excited when Laura approached me about organizing a co-op here in Laurel. There are so many homeschoolers here, and a nearby co-op with 3 half-day meetings per month is just what we need. I have always been enchanted by classical education, having taught Latin and a little bit of Greek. When I started out teaching Stas, we based most days off of Andrew Campbell’s A Latin Centered Curriculum. I had heard of Classical Conversations but mostly built my own curricula up to this point. Catholic Schoolhouse is just what I wish I had time to create myself – perfect as either enrichment separate from a curriculum or a simple base to build upon.
I look forward to working with you!